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Car won't start; Replacement Key from GM or Starter Bad?

I have a 2001 Century Custom with 130,000 miles. Purchased in 2002. My original keys were lost last month, and I got a replacement set from GM. Now the car has not started (battery good, no buzz or turnover) on three occasions the past 2 weeks, and then will just start when I'm ready to have it towed!!!. Could it be the starter, defective replacement key, ignition cyliner or ???? Thanks. Art

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  • amckeldin Aug 14, 2008

    Thanks. Found out it WAS the starter. An old wise tow truck driver did the old "bang the starter with a crobar" while I turned the key & the car started. I had the starter replaced 10 days ago, and no problems. Thanks again.

  • wtd911 Oct 21, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 2000 century. About ever other time i go to start it in park or neutural the console and running lights go out and the starter wont turn over.

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REPLACEMENT KEY WONT TURN

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Check the cylinder, maybe the magnetic spot is not contacting the correct area of the cylinder. Cylinder may be loose, also poosibly bad computer chips on the keys.

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